Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
The recent New Yorker article, - The Disruption Machine: What the gospel of innovation gets wrong , - by Harvard history professor Jill Lepore , has led to a flurry of opinions on disruptive innovation. The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.”
Open Innovation 2.0
MARCH 27, 2017
I recently read Twelve Principles for Open Innovation 2.0 , an article published last year in Nature by Martin Curley. Let me discuss each of these phases of innovation. Closed Innovation. Innovation was increasingly occurring in the marketplace, no just in their labs.
Can IBM Watson Workspace Save Our Productivity?
OCTOBER 28, 2016
Apparently, our productivity as employees has been plummeting since the mid 70s. Yet, productivity still is very weak and we don’t seem to succeed in figuring out who (or what) is to blame for that. Yes, indeed, you are reading it right, since the mid 70s !
innovation means learning at work
MARCH 3, 2015
“So it is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all philosophy in terms of successful innovation. Innovation is continuous. Successful innovators and entrepreneurs all embrace change and the risks that they pose. Innovation and Learning. Innovation
How Playing Games at Work Can Help Boost Your Productivity
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
all of them having been blamed, over the course of decades, for being responsible as well for people’s lack of productivity and for getting us all far too distracted from real work. But what happens *if* playing games actually makes you *more* productive?
From Mass Production to Mass Individualism
JULY 16, 2014
All kinds of new products and services, like Airbnb, are now coming to market. Mass production was a defining hallmark of the 20th century industrial economy, bringing high productivity and low costs to a wide variety of offerings, - from household appliances to hotel chains.
Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production
MARCH 26, 2014
I’ve been particularly interested on the impact of cloud on services, not surprisingly given my interests in service science , - the application of science, technology and innovation to the world of services. What do we mean by the production of services ?
The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation
JUNE 25, 2014
I find it helpful to look at cloud along two key dimensions: as a technology to improve IT productivity, and as a platform for enabling business innovation. Only one company in six viewed cloud as a way of fostering business innovation.
The 2016 MIT Inclusive Innovation Awards
DECEMBER 26, 2016
Several months ago, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy launched its first annual Inclusive Innovation Competition (IIC). Let me close by explaining why I feel particularly proud to be associated with the Inclusive Innovation Competition.
Not all innovation is disruptive
JULY 14, 2014
Given all the talk about disruptive innovation lately, I thought I’d dust off several posts I have written on the subject and update them. Innovation is the following through part. Non-consumers – lack ability or the wealth for current service / products. Innovation
The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
JANUARY 17, 2017
The concept of disruptive technologies, as defined by Clayton Christensen 20 years ago, has become widely accepted as a way of thinking about innovation-driven growth, but it’s been often misunderstood and misapplied.
The Blockchain and Open Innovation
JANUARY 12, 2016
Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. It can be used to help companies manage the flow of goods and related payments or enable manufacturers to share production logs with OEMs and regulators to reduce product recalls…”.
Market-facing Innovation Labs
SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
But, they are being reincarnated in our 21st century information economy as market-facing innovation labs, with significantly different and broader scopes than those of the original industrial economy research labs. Their job was to push the frontiers of knowledge by conducting both basic and applied research, which would hopefully, over time, lead to new commercial technologies and products. M arketing, was another distinct activity in a product ’ s life cycle.
Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation
JANUARY 2, 2012
The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years: “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” The column is based on a recent study - Scale and Innovation in Today’s Economy - by Michael Mandel , chief economic strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute. As a result, there are reasons to believe that scale may be a plus for innovation in today’s economy, not a minus.”
Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
With four articles on the subject, HBR ’s overriding message is that design is no longer just for physical products, being increasingly applied to customer experiences, innovation, business strategy, and complex problem solving. .
Enabling Innovation – Book
FEBRUARY 2, 2012
Tweet I had the pleasure of writing an article for the book, Enabling Innovation: Innovative Capability – German and International Views as a follow-up to some work I did with the EU’s International Monitoring Organisation.
Innovation is not a repeatable process
OCTOBER 23, 2012
Can innovation be promoted through better processes? I have not been able to find any regular correllation between well adopted innovation processes and actual innovation outcomes, and I’ve been looking pretty hard. This is how we create a culture of innovation.
Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies
AUGUST 2, 2012
The subject of my seminar was Managing Technology-based Disruptive Innovations. Given my long career at IBM, as well as my more recent involvement with Citi, it is not surprising that I am particularly interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in large companies. Its lead article defined the term as: “somebody who offers an innovative solution to a (frequently unrecognised) problem. Startups are generally organized around one central innovation.
Innovation as a Journey into the Future
AUGUST 7, 2013
I recently read an excellent innovation report, - Strategic Orientations for Innovation: Chile in the 2025 Horizon. He was a Senator then, a position he held from March of 2002 until his appointment to president of the Innovation Council.
The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition
MARCH 14, 2016
As i ts website explains: “While digital technologies are rapidly transforming both business practices and societies and are integral to the innovation-driven economies of the future, they are also the core driver of the great economic paradox of our time.
Revolutionary, Ordinary Innovation
AUGUST 29, 2012
While the Square technology is very cool indeed, Davidoff’s key point is the ordinary nature of the innovation in question. The deal not only has the potential to change the way people pay for coffee and everything else, it also shows how small innovation applied to everyday tasks may be the next new thing for venture capital. Call it the rise of the ordinary innovators. Such major lab-based disruptive technologies are at one end of the innovation spectrum.
Productivity Tips on Presentations: Inform, Inspire and Motivate
JULY 10, 2012
Yes, I know, another article on the topic of Productivity , although this time around with a slightly different flavour: how can we improve the way we deliver messages through presentations? Shouldn’t we be aiming at addressing that productivity overkill and do something about it?
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
DECEMBER 8, 2015
Disruptive innovation was first introduced by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen in a 1995 Harvard Business Review (HBR) paper co-written with Joseph Bower. 20 years after its introduction, Christensen has revisited his original concept in What is Disruptive Innovation? ,
Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation
JANUARY 19, 2012
These questions are the subject of MIT Professor Michael Cusumano’s recent book Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World. In fact, steady growth and profitability are likely to encourage firms to become more bureaucratic and less attentive to detail and innovation as they transition to managing a large number of people, more complex products and services, and a bigger scale of operations.
Transmedia Storytelling and Collaborative Innovation
OCTOBER 10, 2012
Marketing and communications are essential when introducing a disruptive innovation in the marketplace, given the need to explain what the new initiative is all about to key constituencies including clients, analysts and reporters. Over the years, I have learned that in order to capture the attention of your intended audience and differentiate your offerings from those of competitors, you have to develop a compelling brand for your new products or services.
Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
This semester I am teaching the innovation half of a course on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at NYU’s new Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP). The bulk of the innovations in the industrial economy involved physical objects, physical systems and the physical world around us.
Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation
MAY 23, 2012
Earlier this year, IBM’s Institute for Business Value published a very good report - The Power of Cloud: Driving Business Model Innovation. Recent technology and social connectivity trends have created a perfect storm of opportunity for companies to embrace the power of cloud to optimize, innovate and disrupt business models,” is the study’s overriding conclusion. . What if you could inexpensively and rapidly pursue new customers and markets with new products and services?;
Innovators, imitators and idiots
MAY 3, 2013
Friday’s Finds: “first come the innovators, then the imitators, then the idiots … you can set your watch to it.” “Jobs” are a product of industrial society, those typified by economic growth.
Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges
AUGUST 21, 2013
I was asked to talk about the organizational challenges that companies generally face when embracing disruptive innovations like those being developed by ID3. Managing a Disruptive Innovation Initiative. There are many reasons why disruptive innovations fail in large companies.
Big-Bang Disruptions: The Innovator’s Dilemma in the Digital Economy
MARCH 12, 2014
It was later expanded into a book, Big Bang Theory: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation published this past January. . The authors’ key premise is that innovation is once more undergoing drastic changes, driven by the exponential advances in digital technologies. Companies are now able to create products that are simultaneously better, cheaper and more appealing than those of competitors. They don’t create dilemmas for innovators; they trigger disasters.”.
Innovation Hubs in the Global Digital Economy
APRIL 2, 2014
Last week I wrote about Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production , based on Part I of Escape from the Commodity Trap: Will the Production Transformation Sustain Productivity, Growth and Jobs? , But, are there other kind of innovation models? Product creation.
Innovation in Higher Education
SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
We need to look at higher education through the lens of disruptive innovation, argues a report published last February, - Disrupting College: How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability to Postsecondary Education. Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen is one of the world's foremost experts in strategy and innovation. In his seminal book, The Innovator’s Dilemma , Professor Christensen articulated his theory of disruptive innovation.
Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits
APRIL 1, 2014
The co-facilitator was Amy Hedrick who works in Product and Design Innovation at Intuit. The curriculum was based on their “ Innovating for People ” design methods recipe book and “ taxonomy for innovation.”
Productivity Tips for the Mobile (Social) Knowledge Web Worker – TweetBot, Pocket, Evernote
JULY 5, 2012
And since lately I keep traveling quite a bit and spend more time on the road than at my home office, I thought it would be a good time exploring how I can improve my overall knowledge Web worker experience using various social networking / productivity tools while on the road.
User-Led Innovation Can’t Create Breakthroughs
FEBRUARY 15, 2011
At Apple, we don’t waste our time asking users, we build our brand through creating great products we believe people will love.”. Equally, they cite IKEA designers who “don’t use user studies or user insights to create their products.
Can Innovation Continue to Drive Long-Term Economic Growth?
JANUARY 23, 2013
The article takes a look at what it calls innovation pessimism , - the notion that we are in a long-term period of slow innovation and growth despite our rapidly advancing technologies and hyperconnected economies. Has the ideas machine broken down?
Innovating our way out of the industrial era
JULY 9, 2012
However, we have an infinite demand for creative products and services. The only answer that makes any sense is innovation — a word that neither side uses properly, ever. The only way out of this mess is to innovate ourselves into a better future.
FEBRUARY 18, 2011
Optimal execution is only the cost of entry; continual innovation is the necessary competitive differentiator. In a time when competitors can copy your innovation in a matter of months (or less), you can’t just plan, prepare, and execute optimally any longer. You now have to continually innovate in products and services, problem-solve faster, avoid repeating mistakes, and in general learn ( big ‘L’ learning ) faster than your competitors.
Where innovation comes from
MARCH 15, 2011
In sum, they innovate. Steven Johnson has written a book that looks at innovation from all angles. He explains what nurtures innovation. Innovation = working smarter. Where Good Ideas Come From, The Natural History of Innovation is a book about the space of innovation.
An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation
MAY 30, 2012
The Internet became an incredible platform for innovation, enabling startups, large institutions, and everyone in between to quickly develop and bring to market many new digital products and services. Its reach and connectivity led to the creation of all kinds of innovative, digital applications. Together, these advances are giving rise to an Internet-based platform for digital, inclusive innovations. Inclusive innovation is a relatively new concept.